The Wrap is reporting that the mysterious project – which has been assembling a stellar cast over the last few months, including Chris O'Dowd (Calvary), David Oyelowo (Selma), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle), Elizabeth Debicki (The Man From U.N.C.L.E) and Daniel Brühl (Rush) – will actually be the third movie in the Cloverfield series, and the first set in space. Abrams is planning a wider shared universe, with hopes for a new film each year.
Oren Uziel's (22 Jump Street) script is largely still being kept a mystery, but we do know that it is about astronauts on the International Space Station making a terrifying discovery that changes all they know about reality, and the idea of the Earth vanishing after an experiment is conducted in the Large Hadron Collider. But when a space shuttle appears, they have to decide whether the new arrival is a friend or foe.
The original Cloverfield (2008), directed by Matt Reeves, was buoyed by a breadcrumb trail of clever marketing and an enigmatic monster foe. 10 Cloverfield Lane only added to that carefully calibrated mystique.
God Particle – if it is even still called that – is due to arrive in cinemas February 2017.